Black eye for Acadia



To the Editor:

I’d like to add a few more points to Jim Colquhoun’s viewpoint in last week’s Mount Desert Islander.

The National Park Service’s gun range is still obnoxious, still arouses tourist questions, and is still one of the biggest misuses of government property, financially and ecologically.

The park has said, a few years back they worked hard to get that land and are not about to give it up. The park is to protect the environment and its ecology. Ecology is evolution in action. Our forefathers drafted a Constitution also to evolve, so maybe the park should do the same.

Maybe some other town, such as Trenton would like to host a gun range.

What kind of un-empathetic ranger makes someone dump out containers of blueberries that take hours to pick? With apologies to author Robert McCloskey, in Acadia, there are no blueberries for Sal – maybe enough for dry muffins, but not enough for pies.

Last fall, local cross-country teams were unable to use the carriage trails for training runs because of some sort of vagueness of regulation. That was not very neighborly at all. That was poor communication.

The removal of dead and down wood along park roadways which are more susceptible to forest fires do to the larger concentration of people is a good thing.

My family and I once were stalked by a couple of young rangers a few years back at a favorite swimming hole. It was kind of creepy. When I got out of the water, my wife with our baby whispered look over there, and these two were on some covert mission, like a couple cats stalking prey, ready to pounce.

I was disappointed and scared when some park rangers got physical with some college kids on Day Mountain a few years back before they left for the season. What a way to say goodbye – with a black eye.

Mike Olson

Otter Creek

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